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Marshals Service offers reward for slaying suspect’s arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida. Fifty-six-year-old Lois Riess has been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David ...

Minnesota foster mother, boyfriend charged in child’s death

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter and murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the woman's care. Zayden Lawson was fatally beaten in June, authorities said. Zeporia Fortenberry, 31, has been charged with ...

Judge orders woman to remain jailed pending terror trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman to remain jailed as she awaits trial on charges she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and set fires at a college campus. Attorneys for Tnuza Jamal Hassan asked Judge Steven Rau to release her ...

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A black former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter, saying in a statement that he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the bureau that often treats minority communities with ...

Man sentenced to 30 years for Blaine toddler’s death

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old man to more than 30 years in prison for killing a Blaine toddler. Nelson Soto-Lopez was sentenced Monday for the 2016 murder of 21-month-old Drake Oliva. Soto-Lopez was charged with one count of second-degree murder. He entered a ...

100s of passengers stranded when airline ends Mexico service

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of travelers from Minnesota who were left stranded in Mexico after Sun Country Airlines canceled flights due to a storm at home had to scramble to find flights on other airlines because the carrier had ended its seasonal service south of the border. Sun Country, ...

Minnesota firm tries to solve metal pollution with peat

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota company says it's developed a natural, cheap technology to reduce heavy metal contamination in waterways. American Peat Technology applies processed granulized peat to plants to help draw nitrogen from the air and reduce the need for fertilizer, ...

Minnesota’s largest export markets express support for NAFTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's two largest export markets are touting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which may be headed for a renewal in Washington, D.C., as early as next month. Canadian Consul General Paul Connors and Mexican Consul Gerardo Guerrero have been ...

Wild ground Jets with 6-2 win to cut series deficit to 2-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday ...

Minnesota sees increase in child abuse cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Statewide data show that child maltreatment cases have been increasing in Minnesota in recent years, with many cases involving minority children. The increase in cases is likely driven by increased awareness, changes to child protection laws and the opioid epidemic, ...

Police: singer arrested with stolen guitars in California

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the singer of the metal band American Head Charge was arrested in Southern California after police found more than a dozen stolen guitars in his possession. KCBS-TV reports 40-year-old Cameron Heacock was pulled over Wednesday in Orange County while ...

The Latest: Minneapolis airport closes as storms hit Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on spring storms in the Midwest (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials have closed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to arriving and departing flights as a powerful storm system sweeps through the central U.S. Airport officials cite the combination of ...

Storm blasts central US with snow, ice and wind, killing 3

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has buffeted the central U.S. with heavy snow, winds, rain and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, ...

Death of toddler investigated in Wilkin County

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old in Wilkin County. Authorities say emergency responders were called to an apartment in Breckenridge on Tuesday because the child wasn't breathing. Efforts to revive the toddler were unsuccessful. Officials say there ...

Housley pulls in $514K, lagging far behind Smith for Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley says her campaign raised $514,000 in the first three months of 2018. The two-term state senator's fundraising announced Friday is a third of what Democratic Sen. Tina Smith raised in the same period. Smith's campaign said ...

Experts in Minnesota, Nebraska help owl found ailing in Iowa

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — A snowy owl found starving along a southwest Iowa highway has been nursed back to health at recovery centers in Nebraska and Minnesota. The Omaha World-Herald reports a motorist found the owl weak and barely able to fly in November near Henderson in southwest Iowa. It ...

Minnesota regulators approve Xcel electric car pilot program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An energy utility company is rolling out a new pilot program in Minnesota to increase interest in electric vehicles. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy's pilot program Thursday, the Star Tribune reported . "I think this is critically ...

MPR, Keillor strike deal to restore access to old shows

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio says it has an agreement with Garrison Keillor to restore online access to old recordings of his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show. MPR said Friday it will pay Keillor $275,000 for limited, non-exclusive rights to those shows for three years ...

Minnesota woman sought in death of husband and Florida woman

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who is wanted in connection with her husband's death is now charged with killing a Florida woman who resembled her, then stealing the woman's identity as she eluded authorities, officials said Friday. Lois Riess, 56, of ...

System brings blizzards, threat of tornadoes to Midwest

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A potent, slow-moving spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend began raking the Plains and Midwest on Friday, bringing blizzard conditions to South Dakota and the threat of tornadoes from Texas and Louisiana ...

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